Located on the River Lune, Lancaster is the county town of Lancashire with an estimated population of 46,000.
Long existing as a commercial, cultural and educational centre, Lancaster's past comes to life through its castle and museums, where you can explore the history of the city - from its grim stories of witches and murderers to its rich industrial and cultural history. Lancaster has many historical ties to the British monarchy, holding the estates of the Duke of Lancaster, Elizabeth II and the house of Lancaster, a branch of the English royal family. These contribute towards the county's city status for its "long association with the crown" and because it was "the county town of the King's Duchy of Lancaster" in 1937.
Strolling through the pedestrianised city centre, you will find independent boutique shops, high street stores and many enticing tearooms and coffee shops. St George's Quay makes an attractive walk and the Maritime Museum is a great way to leisurely explore Lancaster's maritime history, with plenty of hands-on exhibits for the kids this also makes a great family attraction. Alternatively, The Butterfly House at Williamson Park and the Ashton memorial are worth a visit.
Lancaster's nightlife buzzes with live music, contemporary theatre and film, and delicious food and drink.